Monsters are a staple of horror. Those things that don’t seem to be found in nature – or sometimes they are predators in nature that we simply just get a fright out of. They’re creatures that often harbor great evil, wishing to devour or simply destroy those unfortunate enough to get in their way.
Of course, there’s another side to monsters as well, which many people don’t understand. There’s always going to be those evil monsters we don’t want to go near; but there’s also the sympathetic monsters, the monsters that aren’t all that bad at all. But it’s because of those evil monsters that many people don’t understand the sympathetic monsters.
We’ve all heard of the stories where vampires aren’t necessarily the bad guys (and the backlash it gets). I wrote a whole article on the subject a while ago. While it’s true that this trope can be used poorly (especially in romance stories), I still argue that there’s good things about it. It can show another side of humanity that you wouldn’t otherwise necessarily be able to do quite as well without making them into monsters like this.
But whether or not you’re trying to make a point with your monster’s alignment, it doesn’t really matter. Sometimes you just want to see something like that in a role opposite of what they’re usually in. It’s fun, it’s different, and it lets you see a new side of this type of creature that you may not have otherwise thought of before. (Then again, I don’t necessarily subscribe to the idea that there is absolute good or absolute evil in the world, so maybe that’s just me).
Going back to the scary monsters, though. You can still like and enjoy monsters even when they are being scary and/or evil. Seeing scary things is fun and exhilarating for some people. I mean, if they saw these things in real life they’d probably not find it quite as fun, but within the realms of fiction and imagination, it is fun and safe.
The more I talk about it, the more I realize it’s not something that can be easily explained: both a love for monsters and a love for horror in general. Sometimes seeping yourself within darkness and fright is just what makes you happy, and can even be healthy for the mind in some instances (that’s a subject for a different time).
Monsters are great and they’ve been around since anyone can remember, and they’re not going away any time soon. The world would be a much different place without monsters, but remember: the worst monster in the world is man.